- Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
Media Contact for Permits for Holiday Openings - Thanksgiving & Christmas
William McKinney, Director, Department of Labor Standards
Boston, MA — To: All Massachusetts Chiefs of Police
The Police Commissioner of the City of Boston
From: William D. McKinney, Director
Department of Labor Standards
Date: October 3, 2017
Re: Permits for Holiday Openings
Thanksgiving Day- November 23, 2017
Christmas Day- December 25, 2017
The Department of Labor Standards must approve all local permits to allow retail stores and businesses to perform work and to be open on certain holidays, including Thanksgiving, November 23, 2017, and Christmas Day, December 25, 2017. Permits must be approved by the Department of Labor Standards on a uniform basis statewide. See Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 136, §15.
Please be advised that the Department of Labor Standards will not issue statewide approval for permits for businesses to open on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day 2017.
For further information please view our Blue Laws Overview on our website at http://www.mass.gov/lwd/labor-standards/dls/mass-blue-laws/overview.html or contact the Department of Labor Standards at (617) 626-6952.